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Feb

2018

Emojis in Work Communications – A Risk to Your Reputation?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the use of emoticons and emojis are more commonly utilized in texting and personal conversations, they are now making their way regularly into the workplace. But, can the use of emojis in work communications be a risk to your reputation?  

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Feb

2018

Quick Hits - February 14, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Offering telemedicine could raise employer issues: Offering telemedicine services to employees can raise a number of legal issues, the most common being compliance with federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA, as well as state laws concerning medical licensure and practice and informed consent.  

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Feb

2018

When Grammar Matters

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In an interesting case involving exceptions to the overtime law of Maine, a missing comma and a simple conjunction forced a company to settle for $5 million to resolve overtime allegations. The question was simple – In Maine, are drivers distributing milk exempt from overtime?  Maine’s overtime law had an exception for those workers involved in food “canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution.”

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Feb

2018

Quick Hits - February 7, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP issued new CSALs as of February 1: A new scheduling list has been compiled by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance for FY2018 using a neutral scheduling process and 1,000 CSALs were mailed to contractor establishments on February 1, 2018 addressed generically to HR Director. 

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Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 31, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Fertility benefits a growing trend for employers: The percentage of employers offering fertility benefits to employees is expected to grow from 55% in 2017 to 66% by 2019, according to the 2017 Maternity, Family and Fertility Benefits Survey from Willis Towers Watson. Of the employers currently offering fertility benefits, 65% offer coverage for fertility services to same-sex couples — a percentage expected to increase to 81% by 2019. Of employers offering and enhancing fertility...

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Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 24, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 Survey is now open: Click here to go to the survey.  In order to log-in, the employer will need to reset its password on the EEO-1 site by clicking “Login” and then “Get Password.” An email with a link to reset the password will be sent. 

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Jan

2018

The Potential Impact of a Government Shutdown

Author: Michael Burns

Saturday night the federal government went into shut down (or partial shutdown – depending on whether the agency had existing funds to tap into) for just over three days. The shutdown was due to the Congressional impasse on the budget bill and immigration. On Monday, Congress and the President ended the shutdown and extended spending authorization through February 8th.  Given this shutdown was started on a weekend, the impact of the shutdown was relatively minor.

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Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 17, 2018

Author: Anthony Kaylin

New tables are out: The IRS issued new withholding tables for 2018, along with an explanatory news release and a frequently asked questions document. 

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Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 10, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Update to ACA reporting requirements: The IRS gave employers some relief.  On December 22, the IRS issued Notice 2018-06 extending the due date for furnishing the 2017 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to employees.

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Jan

2018

Is a Holiday Hangover a Real Thing?

Author: Susan Chance

Here we are in the second week of January– many people had extended time off the last few weeks in December, so theoretically most people should be well rested. So why are so many of us tired at this time? 

9

Jan

2018

The New Tax Law’s Impact on Sexual Harassment Settlements and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As the #MeToo stories and the stories of non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements protecting problem CEOs and other employees became widely publicized, Congress felt it was time to make a stand that penalizes companies using these types of agreements to settle cases, especially since the perpetrator was less likely to be disciplined or terminated.  In the past, under Section 162 of Internal Revenue Code ordinary and reasonable business expenses under these types of agreements...

9

Jan

2018

2018 Economic Forecast

Author: Michael Burns

At the close of 2017 and the start of 2018 experts provide forecasts and data on what this year’s economy may experience. The following are some of those forecasts.

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Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 3, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

New tax law does not eliminate ACA reporting requirements: The ACA’s employer mandate and annual reporting obligations are not affected by the new tax law. 

2

Jan

2018

Walmart Offers New Financial Wellness Services

Author: Kevin Marrs

The holidays have wrapped up for most Americans, and now the focus will likely shift toward paying for the gifts that Santa left behind, and the meals and entertainment shared with family and friends.  While these financial burdens are likely heightened this time of year, monthly expenses, unexpected bills, medical bills, retirement savings, and student loans are regular concerns of the average American worker.  In fact, according to the 2017 PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey,...

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Dec

2017

Quick Hits - December 20, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New IRS standard mileage rate $0.545 per mile: The IRS has released the 2018 optional standard mileage rates that employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups and panel trucks) for business, medical, moving, and charitable purposes. 

19

Dec

2017

What Employers Must Do to Defeat a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Author: Michael Burns

Despite decades of experience trying to address sexual harassment in the workplace, the recent wave of workplace harassment complaints all over the media have put employers back on their heels.  Supervisors and managers must know how to respond to a situation of harassment as well as the complaint. 

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Dec

2017

Quick Hits - December 13, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP names new director: Ondray T. Harris, former deputy chief of employment litigation at the Justice Department (DOJ) during the George W. Bush administration, is now leading the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) effective Dec.10, a DOL spokesman said.

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Dec

2017

Quick Hits - December 6, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Distracted driving caused by the boss? An online survey — conducted by Harris Poll for Travelers Insurance found that 43% of respondents who drive were in touch with work either by talking on the telephone (38%), texting (17%), or emailing (10%). 

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Nov

2017

Quick Hits - November 29, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA electronic injury tracking reporting tool effective December 15th:  The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you can provide the Agency your 2016 OSHA Form 300A information. The date by which certain employers are required to submit to OSHA the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A has been extended to December 15, 2017. The rule clarifies the existing implicit requirement that an employer’s procedure for...

28

Nov

2017

Bah-Humbug! Office Etiquette for Holiday Gift Giving

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s hard to believe, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already come and gone kicking off the 2017 holiday shopping season.  While many of us are already feeling overwhelmed with finding the perfect gifts for friends and family, navigating the politics of office gift giving can add even more holiday stress.  From office Secret Santa gift exchanges to group gifts for the boss, it’s enough to make anyone say bah-humbug.  So before you begin shopping, use the...

28

Nov

2017

Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements Tested by Social Media

Author: Michael Burns

Employers today should assume employees are tied to one another through the use of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or all of these social media sites. In fact, employers can and do encourage employees’ use of social media to enhance marketing, business development, and employee recruitment.  However, employers are also utilizing confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements that not only seek to protect client relations and important business strategies but also an...

28

Nov

2017

Top HR Metrics to Evaluate

Author: Heather Nezich

With 2017 quickly drawing to an end, it’s the time of year to review goal achievement and overall departmental success.  But what exactly should an HR department be measuring?

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Nov

2017

Does Gratitude Have a Place at Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a survey of 2,000 Americans people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else.  But why wouldn’t we thank the people we work with day in and day out?

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Nov

2017

Quick Hits November 22, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Minimum wage going up January 1: A number of jurisdictions, including Michigan, are increasing their minimum wage as of 1/1/18.  To see a list, click here.  If you need to update your state and local posters, click here and use discount code ase-gn when checking out.  Source: Jackson Lewis 11/15/17

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Nov

2017

Who Could be Living Your Life?

Author: Susan Chance

On the TV show “Friends,” the character Monica Geller was the victim of a credit card thief. When she received her statement from the credit card company she commented, “She's living my life, and she's doing it better than me! Look at this, look. She buys tickets for plays that I wanna see. She, she buys clothes from stores that I'm intimidated by the sales people. She spent three hundred dollars on art supplies.”

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